RNC OF­FI­CER AR­RESTED AF­TER AL­LEGEDLY BREACH­ING COURT OR­DER

Con­sta­ble taken into cus­tody af­ter al­legedly breach­ing court or­der to stay away from woman

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROSIE MULLALEY [email protected]­gram.com Twit­ter: Te­ly­Rosie

A St. John’s po­lice of­fi­cer was taken into cus­tody Mon­day af­ter he re­port­edly vi­o­lated or­ders to stay away from a woman.

RNC Const. Steve Curnew ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in St. John’s to­day, charged with a sin­gle count of breach­ing an emer­gency pro­tec­tion or­der. He was re­leased on a $1,000 surety.

The 43-year-old is due back in court Sept. 6.

The RNC re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about Curnew just af­ter 4 p.m. Mon­day. As a re­sult of that in­ves­ti­ga­tion, su­per­vi­sors with RNC’s op­er­a­tional pa­trol ser­vices di­vi­sion lo­cated and ar­rested him just be­fore 5 p.m. with­out in­ci­dent.

RNC Chief Joe Boland said de­tails of the EPO are pri­vate and po­lice will not be pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the al­leged breach, ex­cept to say there was no vi­o­lence in the in­ci­dent.

Curnew was not on duty at the time of this al­leged EPO breach and is cur­rently non­op­er­a­tional and on leave, Boland said.

He went on to say that be­cause this was a breach of the Fam­ily Vi­o­lence and Pro­tec­tion Act, there have been no crim­i­nal charges laid. To pro­tect the pri­vacy of those in­volved in the case, he said, po­lice will be re­leas­ing no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about it.

TELE­GRAM FILE PHOTO

RNC Const. Steve Curnew, shown here in a file photo, spent the night in the lockup in St. John’s af­ter he was ar­rested Mon­day evening for re­port­edly breach­ing con­di­tions of an emer­gency pro­tec­tion or­der in re­la­tion to a woman.

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